Everyone is welcome to our meetings, with free programs of interest to nature fans of all ages. You can also find current information about upcoming birding trips and other events. Check our other links for helpful information, recent sightings, more birding opportunities, and ways you can get involved as an Aiken volunteer and/or citizen scientist. Finally, don’t miss the November/December newsletter! Learn more about Aiken Audubon.
- Aiken is responsible for the Citizen Science exhibit in the Briargate Library display case. It will be there for the entire month of December. Be sure to stop by and check it out.
- The Colorado Springs Christmas Bird Count is Saturday, December 14. Sign up now! Then refresh your ID skills by reviewing some frequently confused birds.
- We’re adding new field trips all the time. Some birds are heading south while others and stuffing themselves in preparation for cold winter weather. It’s a great time of year to go birding!
- Our free programs continue Wednesday, January 15, with Debbie Barnes helping us learn how to identify raptors.
- Updates are constantly being added to our Conservation News page. Many require immediate action. Don’t miss your opportunity to make a difference.
- Need ideas for Christmas giving? The 2014 Aiken Audubon Calendar is here! Supply is limited, so get yours today.
- Many thanks to Mel Goff for stepping up as Aiken’s new Field Trip chair!
- Do you enjoy the snacks at our Wednesday meetings? Aiken Audubon Society is in need of a new Hospitality Chair.
- We’re also seeking an Education Chair. This would be an opportunity to work with fellow board members to develop programs to be used in presentations at schools, scout groups, various club meetings, etc.
- Contact Aiken President, Christine Bucher at (719) 596-2916 for more information on any of these positions, or to volunteer.
- Do you blog about birds? Tell us about your blog, then check out our ever-growing list of Aiken Audubon bird bloggers!
Birders of All Skill Levels Needed: Researchers at Vanderbilt University are looking for birders of all levels of experience to participate in a project examining how perception and memory for birds differs between beginners and experts. One of our current experiments is a bird identification test. Go online and test your birding skills: http://expertise.psy.vanderbilt.edu! Learn more… Save Paton’s! If you’ve ever been to Patagonia, Arizona, you’ve surely stopped by Paton’s to see the birds. Now this unique property is on the market, and the Tucson Audubon Society, in conjunction with the American Bird Conservancy and Victor Emanuel Nature Tours, is raising money to purchase it. Can you help preserve this bird haven for years to come? Learn more… Did you know that National Audubon has a Raptor Map? This interactive map includes everything from raptor rehab facilities and Audubon nature centers to great places for hawk and eagle watching. Add your favorite raptor spot, share photos and leave tips for other birders. Learn more on our Local Birding page, or go directly to the map website.
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